Supplements  
  
There is no more important time in life to eat nutrient dense food than in your childbearing years. 

Supplementation is not a replacement for healthy eating; and just as all food is not created equal, neither are all supplements.

Choose high-quality supplements that come from as natural a source as possible, and that your body can easily assimilate and use for your health and that of your growing baby. 


  
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Vitamin A acts as a vital part of fetal development especially in the early stages, it provides the instructions that tell undifferentiated stem cells how to become differentiated cells for the brain, heart, liver, bones, and other tissues. Vitamin A is found in organ meats, fish liver oils, and egg yolks and butterfat from grass-fed animals.   Beta-carotene is not the same thing as true vitamin A; healthy adults can create vitamin from beta-carotene, but children, the elderly and people in less than optimal health, often cannot.

Quality Cod liver oil is a great source of natural Vitamin A, D, which are needed for calcium absorption.  
  

NutraPro International virgin cod liver oil

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Rosita Extra-Virgin Cod Liver Oil

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Blue Ice Fermented Cod Liver Oil capsules 

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Liver is a natural source of   Vitamin A, Choline, Folate, Vitamin B12 and Hem iron- 33% more absorbable to the body than other forms of Iron for blood building.  Beef liver is a  true superfood for pregnancy which can be consumed on a weekly basis or through daily supplementation.    
  

Vital Proteins Pasture-Raised, Grass-Fed Beef Liver (120 Capsules, 750mg each)​​

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Ancestral Supplements Grass Fed Beef Liver (Desiccated) —  (180 capsules 500 mg each) 

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Ancestral Supplements Grass Fed Beef Organs (Desiccated) — Liver, Heart, Kidney, Pancreas, Spleen (180 capsules)

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Supporting a healthy microbiome in pregnancy is in turn supporting your immune system, digestive health, mood and, research is showing it can reduce your risk for preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, and group bata strep colonization.   

Probiotic ​​Fem Dophilus- Jarrow 

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Bio-kult

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Prescipt Assist 

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What is Choline? 
  
Choline is a water-soluble macronutrient, in the group with folate and the b vitamin complex, it works together with DHA / omega 3 fatty acids and is critical for the neurological and spinal development of your baby and can help with the forgetfulness of pregnancy. Most prenatal vitamins have a very limited amount of Choline in them, which should be increased in the last trimester of pregnancy and throughout breastfeeding. Eating pastured eggs, beef liver and salmon are is the best way to get Choline in your diet.    
  

 Seeking Health, Optimal phospholipid Complex – Choline 

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Thorne, Phosphatidyl- Choline​​

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Magnesium is a micronutrient, that is critical for over 300 systematic functions in the body and essential for the uptake of calcium.  There are many forms of magnesium; when looking for one, avoid magnesium stearate.       

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Ancient Minerals Magnesium Oil (8 oz.) ​

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Pure Encaps Magnesium Glycinate supplement

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Jigsaw-Magnesium-SRT-Absorption​​​

Elastin, a significant component of collagen, is critical during the baby’s development in the womb and throughout early childhood and teen years while the body is maturating it for a strong physical structure.  Collagen is also a digestive aid and is the building block for connective tissue in the body. The best way to get collagen and gelatin in your diet is with homemade broths, which have the added benefit of superb taste and are rich in minerals, particularly calcium, magnesium, and potassium. Collagen can be put into coffee and tea and other drinks, gelatin can be added to smoothies, soups and used to make homemade chewy snacks, and is a great addition to homemade ice cream.   
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  ​Vital Proteins Collagen Wild-Caught fish collagen 

Vital Proteins Collagen 

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Vital Proteins Gelatin  

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Multi-Collagen Protein Powder - Beef, Chicken, Wild Fish and Eggshell Collagen Peptides 

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Great Lakes Collagen  

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Great Lakes Gelatin

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Pregnancy Induced Anemia 

The increased blood volume created in pregnancy makes it more difficult to maintain enough hemoglobin circulating in the bloodstream. Pregnancy-induced anemia is common and in most cases easily addressed. Iron, B-complex, and chlorophyll are a good combination to aid in hemoglobin production and additionally, vitamin C helps with the absorption of iron while calcium inhibits its absorption.       
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Garden of Life Raw Iron Complex

 Ancestral Supplements Grass Fed Beef Spleen (Desiccated) Iron (5 X's More Heme Iron Than Liver)  

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Garden of life, My Kind Orgnics B complex

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Seeking Health, B Complex Plus 

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Chlorophyll Drops

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Buffered Vitamin C Powder

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Truly Natural Vitamin C

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Vegetarian Options  

NATURELO Whole Food Prenatal Multivitamin 

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MegaFood Baby and Me 2 

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For those who are vegetarian, and vegan is it generally recommend that you take a B-12 supplement as vitamin B-12 is only found in animal-based products (arguably in Spirulina, but not in a digestible form for humans). It is also a good idea in pregnancy to supplement with calcium, DHA and Omega 3 from a sea plan base, and vitamin D /k2 (formed with Lichen in instead of Lanolin for vegans) and iron.

Vegan Vitamin B12

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PURE, Vegan D3 + K2 

Garden of Life Raw Calcium Supplement

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Dr. Fuhrman's DHA+EPA 

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Garden of life, My Kind Orgnics B complex

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Garden of Life Raw Iron Complex

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A lot of vitamins are fat soluble so eating them with fat is extremely important (low heat olive, avocado, flax, coconut oil, and whole seeds and nuts). Fat also helps to control sugar/ carb carvings which pull nutrients from your body at a very critical time when all those nutrients should be going to your baby.

It is a good idea to consume at least 80-100 grams of protein per day throughout pregnancy. 
  

Pure Food: Plant-based protein Powder

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Fermented Vegan Proteins

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Remember that supplementing is just a support to whole food healthy eating!

Disclamer: 

Kaydee Welchons is a licensed midwife in California with a desire to create easy access for her clients to the supplements she recommends.  However keep in mind,  this page is in no way to be taken as medical advice or recommendation to those outside of a personal midwife to client relationship with Kaydee Welchons. Everyone, especially those who are pregnant or breastfeeding should consult with their healthcare provider, midwife or doctor, about what is right for them, what will not interfere with other supplementation, medications and or be harmful to their pregnancy and growing baby. PLEASE consult with
your doctor or midwife before taking any supplementation, herbs or over the counter medications. 

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